CMS reinstates suspended head of legal services

The Council of Medical Schemes has reinstated its head of legal services, Craig Burton-Durham after he was suspended with four other senior officials last...

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Altron ‘mede’-clusters take hold under HealthTech banner*

While it has been very much a case of business as usual for the three Altron entities, MedeMass, MediSwitch and MedeServe as they have become clustered under...

CMS: Why we are stopping low-cost benefit options

In this article that originally appeared in Fin24, the CEO and Registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes, Dr Sipho Kabane explains why the...

Health Federation of SA up and running…

The Health Federation of South Africa (HFSA), formally launched in July last year as a multi-sectoral/stakeholder entity primarily to assist with the application of...

Low-fat diets may impact testosterone levels

Men adhering to low-fat diets have lower serum testosterone levels even when adjusting for comorbidities, age, body mass index, and activity levels, researchers reporting...

Suzman Foundation releases comprehensive four-part critique on NHI Bill

The lack of detail that has been provided on crucial aspects of the proposed NHI, its financing, and the State's ability to manage such...

Coding Manual among latest SAMA reference books now available

The SAMA Medical Doctors’ Coding Manual (MDCM), previously known as the Doctors’ Billing Manual (DBM), is back by popular demand and is among the...

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Obesity cause of fatty liver disease increase in young adults

One in five young people have fatty liver disease (steatosis), with one in 40 having already developed liver scarring (fibrosis), research published this week...

Telemedicine comparable to face-to-face in Type 1 diabetes control

Researchers have shown that among patients with type 1 diabetes and suboptimal glycemic control, replacement of an intermediate face-to-face visit with a telemedicine session...

Be wary of online probiotic health-benefit claims

The public should be wary of searching for probiotic information online as most webpages originate from unreliable sources and the health-benefit claims are often...

Technology and PPPs on pharma’s agenda

The same advances in technology and innovation that are driving a shift in the way we work, socialise and live are also driving a...

Doctors average 16 minutes on computer for every patient

For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records, a U.S. study1 finds. Researchers examined approximately 100 million patient encounters...

Championing digital healthcare in South Africa*

Mother-daughter team, Dr Maggie Mojapelo and Dr Malebo Mojapelo-Mokotedi, are active stewards of digital health solutions. They’re on a quest to use new, innovative...

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability. The Health Market...

Understanding medical malpractice in SA

The second edition of "Understanding Medical Malpractice in South Africa" has now been released as an updated follow-up to the first published in March...

Alcohol abstinence cuts arrhythmia recurrence in atrial fibrillation

In regular drinkers with atrial fibrillation, abstinence from alcohol reduces arrhythmia recurrences, a study published in last week’s issue of the New England Journal of...